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South Canterbury

about the region


South Canterbury claims Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and all within, as its backyard. With a significant chunk of the Southern Alps and Main Divide within its reach, the region has fantastic access to the big hills. There are also several rock crags within spitting distance and skiing, both on and off-piste.

The section


Mid-week Wall/Crag Climbing

Crag Climbing runs during summer from 6pm until dark starting at Spur Road. For all climbing nights please text Kelly 021 243 7381 to let her know if you wish to climb. Due to low numbers at climbing nights she will only be there if she has confirmation of your attendance.


Anyone interested in the section or its activities can visit the regular section meetings at the Police Social Room, North Street, Timaru at 8pm, 2nd last Thursday of each month except December and January.


Hut Responsibilities

South Canterbury are responsible for the Unwin Lodge maintenance programme.

They also have an interest in Murchison and Godley Huts



The section has a great range of books including instruction books, early Journals and the American Climbing magazines. There is also an Instruction Video on climbing techniques, knots etc.


Gear Hire

The section has ice axes, crampons, show shovels, avalanche transceivers, snowshoes, personal locator beacons, snowstakes for hire – contact Gary Brehaut +64 (0)3 688 9399.




Gary Brehaut

Email: Phone: (03) 688 9399 or 027 497 8952

Gear Hire

Gary Brehaut

Email: Phone: (03) 688 9399 or 027 497 8952

Vice Chairman

Nick Wall


Phone: (03) 675 6103 or 027 523 9888


Rob Moffat


Phone: (03) 688 1212 wk or (03) 689 8079 or 027 221 0981


R Mark Easton


Phone: 03 684 4985


Neil Harding-Roberts – or (03) 686 2089

Roger Brown – or (03) 686 0977

Ian Rogers – or (03) 614 7786

Syd Woods – or (03) 693 8093

John Wilson – or 021 756 695

Kelly Cooney – or (03) 971 0126

Committee/ Newsletter Editor

Kelly Cooney Email:

Phone: 021 243 7381 or (03) 971 0126


Geoff McCrostie

Phone: (03) 686 3320 or 027 191 2322


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